Presented by the Maine Funeral Directors Association and Collette Monuments
Julie Ann Johnson
Julie Ann Johnson joined the staff at A.T. Hutchins full time in 2012. With her work experience in Boston, Washington, DC and the Greater Portland area; she brings over thirty years of experience in funeral service to the funeral home. She is the General Manager of A.T. Hutchins. Julie Ann is a licensed Funeral Director both Massachusetts and in Maine. Since 1992, she has been an active supporter at the Center for Grieving Children; serving as greeter, facilitator & Board member. She also volunteers at the Preble Street Resource Center. She is a member of the Italian Heritage Center and Junior League of Portland.
Immediate Past President
Ethan L. Annis, CFSP, vice-president of the Lary Funeral Home, Inc. and a Dover-Foxcroft native, graduated from Foxcroft Academy, Class of 2003, the University of Maine at Orono, Class of 2007, and from Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science in 2010. A third generation funeral director, Ethan and his wife, Heather, have two children, Ella and Evan. Ethan is very community oriented and currently serves on the Board of Director's for Pine Tree Hospice, Trustees of Foxcroft Academy, and as a Piscataquis Advisor for the Maine Community Foundation. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family at Sebec Lake, hunting, and playing golf.
H. Lee "Chip" Lamson, Jr.
Chip has worked in the funeral service industry since 1991, serving communities in the Boston area, as well as Bangor, coastal Maine and the Katahdin Region. He currently lives in East Millinocket with his wife, Lisa. They have three daughters, Sarah, Mckenzie, and Nicole, and two grandchildren, Gracie Rae and Kyle Patrick. Chip operates the Lamson Funeral Home in Millinocket and East Millinocket, which he owns with his brother, Mike. He is an active member of the community, serving as board member, president, past president, and currently Treasurer of the Katahdin Area Chamber of Commerce, board member and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors at the Millinocket Regional Hospital, and is an Associate Director at the Katahdin Area Federal Credit Union. He also volunteers as treasurer and a hot dog chef for the Schenck High School Boosters Club. Chip has been active with the Maine Funeral Director’s Association as a board member for many years, and two terms as president – 2002-03, and 2012-13. Additionally, he has served as Maine’s representative to the Policy Board of the National Funeral Director’s Association since 2013.
James Lynch, CFSP
Jim is a 1977 graduate of St. Joseph's College in Standish and a 1982 graduate of the Centennial Class of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science in Ohio..Jim is a life member of the Academy of Funeral Service and has earned the distinction of being named a Certified Funeral Service Practitioner annually since 1990.
After his education, he joined the Bibber Memorial Chapel in Kennebunk in 1982.. It was 1983 as a newly licensed funeral director Jim became a Privileged Member of MFDA as an employee with the Bibber Family who financially supported his membership after his year as a Privileged member until Jim purchased the Pinette Funeral Home in Lewiston with his brother, Kevin from a former NFDA and MFDA past President Raoul Pinette in 1986 who inspired him to be active within MFDA leadership. Jim began his service to MFDA in 1987 serving on it's Board before being elected Secretary in 1989 and just recently elected Treasurer in 2018.
Jim resides in Auburn with his wife, Jennifer and together they have two adult children, Tom of Brookline, MA., and Briana of Portland.
Joe Kiley has worked in the family business for 30 years at Kiley & Foley Funeral Service with locations in Bangor and Brewer. He became licensed in the early 1990’s and been an MFDA member since this time. Joe is married to Heather Kiley and they have three children, Bryant, Andrew and Sarah. He is a graduate from the University of Maine, 1993, with a Bachelors in Business Administration. Joe also received an Associates Degree in Mortuary Science from the New England Institute, graduating in 1989. Joe's uncle, Lawrence Kiley, established Kiley Funeral Home in 1963 and Joe worked with him from mid 1980’s until his death in 2011. He partnered with John Birmingham from mid the 1980’s until the mid 1990’s operating as Kiley-Birmingham Funeral Home. He worked with Frank Foley in Bangor (Foley Funeral Service since early 1990’s). Joe purchased Foley Funeral Service in 2007 and has been operating as Kiley & Foley Funeral Service since. Joe enjoys attending his children’s sporting events and activities, making a little home brew and playing recreation men’s ice hockey to keep the ‘structure’ moving.
Eric owns and operates the Dolby Funeral Chapels in Windham and Gorham. Eric grew up in East Machias, is a 1999 Graduate of Washington Academy and a 2005 Graduate of the Worsham College of Mortuary Science of Chicago, IL. Before purchasing the Dolby Funeral Chapels Eric served the funeral communities of Bangor, Portland, Kittery, and Chicago. He is a long time Rotarian and member of the Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.
Christopher C. Ladner is a second generation Maine Licensed Funeral Director and managing director at the Brackett Funeral Home, Brunswick. He is a graduate of the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science, as well as having earned a B.A. from Colgate University and a M.A.L.S from Wesleyan University, CT. He promotes and supports both youth athletics and the performing arts in his community. Christopher and his wife, Ann, gratefully share their lives in Brunswick with their five daughters and several pets.
Michael R. Martel is a Maine Licensed Funeral Director. He has been in our profession since 1992. Currently he is a Market Director for SCI / Dignity Memorial, a position he's held since 2002. As the Director of SCI's Northeast Territory, Michael manages operations in ME, NH, VT, NY and PA, including 64 funeral homes, 4 cemeteries, 3 ambulances, 1 monument company, and 1 crematory. Michael is a graduate of New England Institute. He also holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Maine in Orono. Michael is a board member of the Foundation Board for the Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice, in Lewiston/Auburn. He is a member of the Chamber of Commerce. He coaches youth soccer, YMCA basketball, and Auburn Suburban Little league. He also is a member of the ICCFA. Michael, his wife Jennifer, and his 3 children live in Auburn.
Lisa Pate became a Licensed Director with the State of Maine in 2017. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Fine Mortuary College and received Dodge Corporation's Restorative Art Award. Lisa also graduated from Bentley College in 1987 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Information Systems and an Associate’s Degree in Management. After college, Lisa worked at IDEXX Laboratories in Westbrook as a Human Resource Information Systems Analyst, then left to work part-time at Saco Valley Credit Union for over 16 years in order to raise her children.
Lisa is an active member of the Saco community including:
Saco Bay Rotary Club - Member
Buxton Garden Club - Member/Vice President
She lives in Saco with her husband, Jim and their children, Jonathan and Katherine.
Adam R. Walker, a Portland resident and Funeral Director is owner of Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Home. He has over 15 years experience in the funeral industry. Adam has a genuine desire to serve each family with the highest consistent level of service excellence that Conroy-Tully Walker Funeral Homes are known for. He is a naturally empathetic and understanding individual and is dedicated to providing compassionate care to families during what may be the worst time of their life. Adam recognizes the importance of active and positive community involvement. As such, he is an active member of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce and he sits on the Board of Directors for Hospice of Southern Maine and is a former board member of The Center for Grieving Children. In addition, he and his staff proudly support several community events, programs and organizations. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family and friends, especially his wife, Caitlin, and their beloved dog, Newbie.